Philosophy and the Digital Generation

Course code PHIL2920
Not available in 2016

Description

The course introduces students to the basic concepts and principles of philosophy of mind, ethics, philosophy of technology, and political philosophy. It also teaches students to apply these ideas and principles to analyse the philosophical issues arising from the information technologies in contemporary society by examining how the technologies influence our understanding of the human mind, the self, reality, artificial intelligence, human existence/experience in virtual world vs. real world, online community and politics, as well as related social, legal, ethical and political issues.

Availability

Not currently available.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Understand the key concepts and principles of philosophy of mind, metaphysics, ethics, and political philosophy applicable to the philosophical issues arising from digital technologies.

2. Identify, define, and critically analyse the philosophical issues of digital technologies by applying the key concepts and principles of relevant philosophy theories.

3. Appreciate the philosophical and social contexts of digital technologies and critically evaluate their societal, and political implications in reference to the learned philosophic theories.

4. Effectively communicate their understanding of the philosophical issues regarding digital technologies and the analysis of such issues in written and verbal language.

Content

The course covers the key concepts and principles of philosophy of mind, metaphysics, ethics, and political philosophy. It discusses the philosophical issues encountered in the pervasive use of digital technologies in contemporary societies around the world. By using popular cultural materials such as movies, games, documentaries the course examines how digital technologies transform human perception and experience of reality, our understanding of human mind, the self, and artificial intelligence in general, as well as human life as experienced by the generation born with digital technology in particular. The course also covers the social and political impacts the technologies have on contemporary society in its role of forming virtual community, stimulating and organising social movements such as recently events of 'Jasmine Revolution', 'Arab Spring'.

Assessment Items

Quiz: Quiz

Essay: Essay

In Term Test: Take home exam

Contact Hours